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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwi ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
Leukopenia: Recent infection such as flu, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, aplastic anemia, hiv, lupus, hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer, typhoid, malaria, tb, sepsis, ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Many: Depends on how low the count is and what other symptoms and signs are associated with it and what caused the low count. A common risk is propensity to ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Many: Primary or secondary blood disorder, infection, immunologic diseases, medication, and many other possibilities. Most causes would be treatable. ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends: The primary purpose of white blood cells (wbcs) is to fight infection. So, people with low white blood cell counts could be more susceptible to infect ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Long list: Please consult this site for information on this topic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/causes/sym-20050615
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janice Olson
41 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
There are many.: Infections can sometimes cause low white blood cells - surprising to many because most people think of a high WBC in that case, but overwhelming bacte ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
45 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
In most labs: Under 4 is considered low.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
45 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow ... Read More
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